para

noun
pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or para

Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
2 [ Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish ] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 6)

para-

prefix
variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral
2a : closely related to paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene
3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 6)

: parachute paratrooper
plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 6)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara

Pará

geographical name
Pa·​rá | \ pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

Definition of Pará (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

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Não é fácil, mas juntos nossas vozes soam mais alto equanto mais barulho fizermos, mais difícil será para ignorarem nosso pedido de igualdade. Pabllo Vittar, Billboard, "Pabllo Vittar: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 26 June 2018 Schultz founded BioDapt, a prosthetic company in Minnesota that now outfits the entire U.S. para snowboard team — which includes him. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "What’s Next After Paralympic Gold? The Olympics," 20 Mar. 2018 Obrigada por estar nessa jornada comigo e por se dedicar para torná-la tão especial. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Just Released a Never-Before-Seen Photo From Her Wedding Day," 26 Feb. 2019 For the first time this year, the unique sport will feature an adaptive snowbike cross event, open to adaptive athletes, and a para snowbike cross event, open to para athletes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019 Desafortunadamente estaré fuera un tiempo pero trabajaré muy duro para volver pronto a jugar. SI.com, "Watford Considering Signing Barcelona Loanee Gerard Deulofeu on Permanent Deal in the Summer," 8 Mar. 2018 Te abrazo a la distancia y se que te sobra fuerza y valentía para sobrepasar esta situación. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Disney Stars and Celebrities React to Demi Lovato’s Reported Drug Overdose," 24 July 2018 Te esperábamos no solo para crecer como familia... nos diste luz, esperanza, en fin sos y serás nuestra Vida del alma!! Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé and Wife Luisana Lopilato Welcome Their Baby Girl," 27 July 2018 La aplicación Quickload, una especie de Uber para camiones, es usada por muchos caminioneros hispanos. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, "Need help moving? This app is like 'Uber for trucks' | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of para

Noun

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para

Noun

Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap

Prefix

Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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para-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of para-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or outside of
: helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training

English Language Learners Definition of para- (Entry 2 of 2)

: parachute

para

noun
\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce parae (audio) \

Medical Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number multiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida

para

adjective
\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions

para-

prefix
\ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para- (audio) \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

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